June 2011 eNews

IMBA CANADA NEWSLETTER

IMBA CANADA ENEWS - JUNE 2011

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IMBA CANADA GAINS SUPPORT FROM THE NORTH FACE

The North Face joins IMBA Canada as one of the newest supporters on a growing list of corporate members.

In addition to helping launch the premier issue of IMBA Canada Trail News, The North Face Canada will contribute beyond their membership dues in support of the Canadian Trail Care Crew program.

The funds will be used to leverage further contributions from individual donors and the Canadian mountain bike industry to this year’s $50,000 Trail Building Fund campaign, which is dedicated to keeping IMBA Canada’s flagship field program on the road while it seeks a title sponsor. Press Release.

  • The North Face joins IMBA Canada
  • BC Action Alert
  • Happy Bday TCC!
  • New AB Rep
  • Canadian Newsletter coming to you
  • Crowsnest Pass in the News
  • Hamilton C.C Update
  • Welcome Boréale M.T.B.

ACTION ALERT: SPECIAL EVENT PERMITS ON BC CROWN LAND

The BC The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is conducting a fact finding mission to compile information on non-commercial events held on crown land. They are considering making special event permits mandatory for activities hosted by non-commercial groups due to some negative feedback regarding motorized activities. Due to this, non-motorized groups have now been included in the permit process.

Our goal is to minimize the number of events which will require a special event permit. Therefore, we're requesting clubs in BC to fill out a short survey, before Monday, June 27th. The information gathered by this survey will used to report back to government about mountain bike activities on crown land.

TAKE THE SURVEY NOW

HAPPY BIRTHDAY TRAIL CARE CREW!

June 2011 marks the one year anniversary of the IMBA Canada Trail Care Crew program! Over the past year Chad and Deanne Lazaruk have travelled from coast to coast, visiting more than 30 communities, engaging 174 trail groups, and training over 600 volunteers on the art and science of sustainable trail building. That’s over 3,400 volunteer hours given back to trail communities at IMBA Canada events!

We’d like to congratulate the Trail Care Crew for their hard work and dedication, along with all the hosts, volunteers, clubs, National Parks, and other groups that made Year One a success. Press Release.

DAVID MILLS JOINS IMBA CANADA AS ALBERTA REGIONAL COORDINATOR

Joining regional coordinators in BC, Ontario and Quebec, David Mills will be overseeing IMBA Canada’s work in Alberta. Based out of Calgary, David has a long history as off-road racer, race organizer, coach and official. Building trail since 2008, he is currently co-director of the Calgary Mountain Bike Alliance. Full bio.

IMBA'S CANADIAN NEWSLETTER IS (almost) IN THE MAIL

Make sure to check your mailboxes in the coming weeks (pending the postal strike) for the premier issue of IMBA Canada Trail News (ICTN), our new all-Canadian newsletter! ICTN will replace subscriptions of the US-created ITN for all Canadian members and supporters.

Can't wait? Read it online.

CROWSNEST PASS IN THE NEWS

IMBA Canada's Trail Specialist Daniel Scott has been working with Community Futures Crowsnest Pass on a trails master plan forCrowsnest Pass, AB. Read more about the project in the recent article published in the Nanton News.

HAMILTON CYCLING CLUB UPDATE: WHEN NEWS GOES FROM GOOD TO GREAT!

Way back in April '11, the Hamilton Cycling Club (HCC) hosted the IMBA Trail Care Crew to help us kick-off our cooperative trail building efforts at Christie Lake Conservation Area. The land manager, the Hamilton Conservation Authority (HCA), was extremely helpful and enthusiastic about the project and allowed the HCC unprecedented access to a sizeable plot of land through which we were to build “demonstration” sections of Green, Blue and Black stacked loops.

Fast forward to June and our work has successfully undergone the scrutiny of the HCA’s Advisory Board. The board voted unanimously to move forward with the project and suddenly Hamilton will be the home of Southern Ontario’s newest single-track network.

The HCC would like to offer our deep and sincere thanks to Chad and Deanne and everyone at IMBA Canada for helping us make this dream a reality. We aimed for the stars and ended up over the moon!

By Marc Risdale

THANK YOU NEW & RENEWING CORPORATE MEMBERS!

Thanks to the generous donations from these, and other corporate members, IMBA Canada is able to create, enhance, and preserve great trail experiences for mountain bikers across Canada.

Boréale Mountain Biking: Based out of Whitehorse, Yukon, Boréale offers day and half-day trips, weekend packages, and custom mountain bike vacations in the Yukon. "We are local riders who are extremely passionate about riding and the Yukon. Let us show you what all the excitement is about!"

Welcome back to corporate members Hoots Inc.Outdoor Gear Canada, and Valhalla Trails Ltd.!

UPCOMING EVENTS

+ June 25: IMBA Trail Workshop in Dryden, ON
+ June 25: MEC Bikefests in Toronto and Burlington
+ July 2: IMBA Trail Workshop in Thunder Bay, ON
+ July 12: IMBA Trail Workshop in Midland, ON
+ July 15: IMBA Trail Workshop in Milton, ON
+ July 16: Mountain Bike Ontario: Trailblazing Festival

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